Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" - festive food culture, extravagant architecture, and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad, and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

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Reviews: 694 | Ratings: 4,458
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Date coding is by 'Batch #003'.
Black colored body with a glimmer of garnet when back lit through the thinnest area of the glass. Multiple fingers of tan head upon pouring, which settles back to a bubbly, active cap. Leaves behind some scattered swirls of lacing.
Aroma from the glass is present but is different in that while there is dark roasted malts, there is also an earthy black licorice edge and the biscotti almond.
Taste expresses dark roasted malts and a bit of char, along with the almond and vanilla. Quite dry in the finish.
Medium plus mouth feel. Has a thick stout texture. Good carbonation.
A very dense stout in smell and flavor. Just a touch of sweetness. Mostly dour and dry. With small plates of complimentary food flavors, this is a high ABV% stout that I could choice for an extended drinking session.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned spring 2016; drank 6/8/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head (careful pouring!); a curtain of frothy lace.

Cantaloupe, milk chocolate, vanilla, mild medium roast coffee bean & faint fresh earth notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Cantaloupe, milk chocolate & medium roast coffee bean flavors up front; vanilla notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Very unique (cantaloupe?!) and rich; the can seemed to help bring out more flavors in this one.

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Photo of AlexanderGates
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big, dark roasted malts, rich, tons of chocolate, coffee, hints of slick vanilla, almonds/nuts, alcohol, very dark brown/black color with off-white sustained head

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Evil Twin Brewing "Imperial Biscotti Break"
16 fl. oz. can, coded "BATCH #018 20:59"
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Ahh, a nice midday snack, sans the actual coffee. OK, it's poured an opaque black body beneath a finger-thick head of dense dark tan foam. The aroma is a little floral and perfume-like - I can see the almond in it but it comes across as extract (and to be honest, what else would it be?). I get some roastiness as well, I guess coming from the coffee, but I don't really see it as "coffee". Moving on to the flavor, there's more coffee to it, and more almond although it still has that kind of sweetish candy and perfume-like character to it. I like this but it's not reminding me of having an espresso and a biscotti at one of my favorite little hole-in-the-walls in Italy. Maybe it's a little like an espresso with a shot of almond syrup but that's even a stretch as it just doesn't have the intensity in the coffee side. Ahhh, I walked away for a bit and it's warmed some and now when I smell it I get coffee first and almond second, so that's a change. I like it better this way, I thought I'd had it out of the fridge for long enough but I guess not. So, back to the flavor... I'm still getting more almond upfront, and some vanilla, and then the coffee - and that's not bad. Is it knocking my socks off, no, but it's OK. It's a bit sweetish but I guess that's what we're going for here, right? Could it pass as a dessert beer? Yes, I guess, but I still feel like it's coming off as a little artificial. OK, where am I? Bitterness! Yes, it's got a moderate bitterness and it balances it but something lingers in my mouth that doesn't feel right - I'm guessing it's extract although lactose can do this to me as well. I'm not sure there's any lactose involved but who knows. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp and then smooth across the tongue. The alcohol doesn't come across at all unless it's adding to the perfume-like note. In the mouth it's medium bodied but dextrinous, and quite smooth. Overall it's an interesting strong dessert beer that's probably worth taking a look at.
Review# 6,507

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Photo of Unclevince
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoyed the look, smell, and flavor of this beer. I found this one to be very astringent for some reason. Maybe astringent isn’t the right word but there was something in the aftertaste that was very distracting and kept this from being something special.

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Photo of Duderinimy
3.15/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Love the idea. Love the brand. Not enough body. The beer is strangely thin for one with so much alcohol. The flavor is complex, but so complex I can’t figure it out.

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Photo of SSS
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pure espresso black with a brown mocha head that is quite present and lush
S-Aroma is a muddled almond that is subdued
M-Thick, luscious and full bodied. Rich and bold.
T-Beautiful sweet and bitter balance overall with complimentary notes of almond and vanilla in a symphony of flavour
O-This is a wonderful beer! I say that quite unexpectedly as I was apprehensive of an over stimulus of extract and fake flavours. But this was not the case at all!! Really well crafted.

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

De Mikkeller shop. En copa Teku. Compartido con Carlos. Con queso, doritos y pizza. Riquisimamente con delicioso sabor cafetoso, dulce y suavisma en el paladar. Un autentica delicia que te deja con ganas de mas

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(16 oz can, batch #016 ... poured into a snifter)

L: dark brown liquid, black appearance; fleeting sizzly brown foam... no head retention (aside from thin collar), no lace

S: lots of coffee, bit of a vanilla-almond note as one would find in said biscotti... the roast is rough but mellow; doesn't smell overtly sweet/syrupy... the vanilla-almond combo opens up a bit more, smelling like a scented candle... little edge to the alcohol; overall smells like a coffee infused with a flavored cream (liqueur)

T: dark-roasty, espresso-like malt, with huge almond blast in the finish, vanilla fumes in its wake... delicate, vaguely-vinous fruity esters hanging on the palate in aftertaste, subtle spicy booze note as well... by the third sip, impression of sweetness enhances (and/or rather that of lame extract flavors?), dark crystal malt crust on a doughy cookie base... the malts open up, exposed to be thick and layered, but indistinct (similar enough to EMJ and other craft imp stouts)... the intensity of the extracts fade, simply coloring the hard coffee cookie, but its overall impact remains bold enough

F: has some lean meat on its bones but is thankfully not quite slick, sludgy, or syrupy... and with the booze either expertly tamed or weighed down by the malt milk, this is damn easy and smooth

O: interesting concept but hardly/barely crafted - this could be better: roastier, toastier, nuttier, like a damn biscotti, with a sharper, snappier finish - maybe the imp stout part gets in the way?... explosive flavor intensity but has that bloated, homogenous, concentrated, all-too-familiar (ET) imperial stout ... I dumped EMJ halfway through and this too - they're a bit much to drink; a reduction may work well...

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Photo of Eleaf
2.85/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

To be honest, it wasn't my favorite and I couldn't finish it. I love stouts, but perhaps it was just the imperialness of the stout that I wasn't feeling this time.
Pours beautifully.
Taste is heavy licorice and reminds me of a whisky oak barrel aged beer. Strong alcohol presence.
I didn't get any flavor of almond or biscotti...

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Photo of strohme2
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch #16. Not sure what date that translates into.
Pours a black body with a smallish head. Leaves a small ring of carbonation around the glass.
Nose of coffee, vanilla, crusty brownies. Roast is there too.
Much of the same as the nose. Coffee, vanilla, waxy nuttiness, roast, cola, hint of licorice. Dry finish.
Thin body, wish it were chewier. Not sure how they do it but another solid and flavorful stout.

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Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good, but I prefer Even More Jesus and Even More Coco Jesus. These beers are great at around $4/16oz can. Will probably stick with Evil Twin's other offerings.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date: Batch #017, consumed on 09/20/18.

Appearance: It pours fairly black but has some dark brown around the edges and a fizzy fingers worth of head.

Aroma: Wow, every time I have this I am completely taken aback all over again because it smells exactly like quality biscotti. Sweet bread, huge almond aromas, medium roast coffee, a little chocolate, and vanilla extract. The reason I say vanilla extract is because there is a slight booziness that smells like a whiff of a bottle of extract. This really is the most accurate representations of food inspired beer on the market.

Taste: I have had this one several times and the first thing I notice is that it is much lighter on the mouthfeel than expected and the texture is very oily. Other than that, all of the aromas are here on the taste but with more chocolate on the back end. The coffee doesn't overwhelm the beer as it often can in stouts. The almond really takes center stage with this one, a sweet candy like almond. There is a good amount of sweetness but it isn't overdone like it can be in Prairie stouts, although a 16oz can can easily be shared. The finish is mostly dark brown sugary cake. I really enjoy these Evil Twin stouts but this, one of their most popular and highly rated, is probably one of my least favorites. The oily texture and thinness when compared to other stouts, such as Even More Jesus, keeps this from being a masterpiece it could be.

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Photo of arizcards
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 6-21-18 for $4.25. Batch 016, no date.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose has hints of chocolate and vanilla along with modestly roasted malts.

Taste is really well balanced with light hints of chocolate, vanilla, and almonds. Very light coffee astringency plays nicely in the background and balances the large but modestly roasted malt base.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a really well balanced beer that makes for a nice sipper.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #014 11:53, consumed 11/10/18

L: Pitch black with a small light tan head that left a small amount of spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is that of a nice imperial stout, mainly toasted caramel malts. Pick up a very little bit of sweet vanilla as well.

T: Taste is deeper and more satisfying than the aroma - pick up some coffee here along with chocolate, almond and more vanilla. Sweet malts with earthy hop notes as well.

F: Smooth, velvety, a perfect medium body with lower-level carbonation. Creamy and sweet. ABV extremely well-disguised.

O: Terrific imperial stout, especially at the price ($4/16oz. can). Absolutely recommended.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’m now on my third 4 pack of 16 Oz pounders .
So far Twin Evil Brewing has really got me excited to try all of their offerings, now that they are available in my area .
These pour a nice dark black with a mocha head and huge lacing .
Nice smell but nothing overwhelming .
Taste is just wonderful with a nice full rich body and slick mouthfeel .
Highly recommended !!

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.49/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #016

Pours thick and viscous deep dark brown with a dark ivory head that bubbles up slightly, and falls back down just as quick. Not much residual lace, poured pretty cold.

Right out of the can, I get hazelnut, roasty coffee, and vanilla, but also an over abundance of chili peppers (which I double and triple-checked, this is not the chili hazelnut). Definitely odd, kind of throws off the intended pleasantries that I expected. As it warms, the aroma becomes sweeter and that biscotti profile starts to become easier to smell.

Definitely past it’s prime. Roasty coffee and malt take over, with a light vanilla backbone throughout. Still nutty, but it just dies off quickly and I’m tasting that metallic can as it settles on the tongue. I’ll try to be impartial with my rating as I know this can is old and this series is good.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, with a medium carbonation and sticky finish. Warm going down the hatch, subtle burn and bitter finish.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a small amount of dark tan head. Not to much lacing.
Smell is big coffee up front followed by chocolate, vanilla and nuts.
Taste follows the nose well. Coffee up front followed by the other flavors.
Little thin for me taste but it does have a good amount of carb and a crazy dry finish from the almonds.
Overall super enjoyable stout with some great flavors. It could be a bit thicker, but that's just picking nits.

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Photo of Act25
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good a RIS as any.
a) Pours opaque, dark and thick, with a dense short mocha head, that laces the snifter.
s) Grassy aromas, roasting coffee, malt sugar, vanilla, dried herbs, and a woody overtone.
T) More complexity but well-balanced. Herbal, grassy, dark chocolate, tobacco smoke.
F) Fit and velvety, perfect weight and gloss.
o) Meditation, oily beer to sip and converse with. A top RIS.

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautifully dark and thin with a nice tan head that doesn’t stay for long, into my brand new Beers With(out) Beards NYC 2018 teku glass.

It’s very drinkable and has a great coffee taste and a subtle yet nice almond vanilla taste.

Beautiful can and a beautiful beer that doesn’t exactly taste like an 11.5% but it will certainly sneak up on you quicker than you think.

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Photo of FLima
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a thick thin dark caramel head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of lots of nuts, vanilla, coffee and cocoa.
Flavor with notes of vanilla, ton of nuts, cocoa, coffee, pepper, earthy and spicy hops, oak, caramel, cinnamon
Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering roasted nutty and vanilla note.
Medium to full creamy body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 11.5% is well disguised.
One of the nuttiest RIS I have ever drunk. Vanilla also strikes strongly, so that traditional coffee and cocoa notes stay in the backyard. Interesting, not really inviting for more revisiting.

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Photo of Taterturnt
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark and a bit syrupy compared to standard beers. Smell is similar to most imperial coffee stouts, but the sweet almond and vanilla makes it stand out. Taste is exquisite, sweet, up front coffee, hints of almond, touch of vanilla, and maybe just a very fine touch of nutmeg? But still no mistaking the taste of a stout. Feel is almost a little too sticky, but no complaints given the other factors. Overall, absolutely fantastic, just be careful with that 11.5% ABV, drank this 16oz can after a 12oz Coppertail Nightswim porter and the ol head is a bit fuzzy

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Photo of matcris
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Black, looks quite viscous, with a finger of tan head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. Lacing oozes down the glass like lava.
AROMA: Coffee, big biscotti, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, a spicy note like cinnamon, vanilla, and almonds. Definitely smells like a nice biscotti and a cup of Joe.
TASTE: I'm getting all the notes from the aroma. Alcohol is very well hidden. Really getting that spicy note as I continue to drink.
FEEL: Medium full bodied and creamy, average carbonation, drying on the very finish, a little sticky up front.
OVERALL: Superb sipper.

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Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a small brown head. The aroma is coffee and roasted malt. The tasted follows the nose with a sweet caramel addition.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330mL bottle produced and bottled by Poppels Bryggeri, Sweden.
Pours black with tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.
Smells of roasted malt, coffee, a bit nutty.
Taste follows with roasted flavors, malts and coffee. Nutty notes and a somewhat artificial vanilla taste.
Medium bodied.
Overall a decent beer, I'll have to try the stateside version to compare.

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Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,458 ratings